For a sixth year, the Toronto International Film Festival ® takes the film experience from inside the theatre onto the street, inviting everyone to be a part of the excitement with Festival Street. September 5 through 8, King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue will transform into the block party of the year with engaging activations, special performances, patios, and food trucks featuring cuisine from all over the world — open for all to enjoy.
From King Street to the OLG Dream Deck, TIFF offers everyone FREE programming featuring Ellen Page, Blitz//Berlin, Gael García Bernal, and Drake Doremus & Shailene Woodley.
TIFF has once again partnered with the TTC to give Torontonians more access to Festival films. Brand ambassadors will hit King Street on the morning of September 5 to hand out thousands of vouchers for Festival films and year-round screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox to passersby.
On Sunday, September 8 at 12pm, the public is invited to Roy Thomson Hall for the TTC Free Screening of a Festival title, which will be announced through TIFF’s social channels the evening prior. Please note that the TTC Free Screening is first-come, first-served to those with a PRESTO card or TTC transfer.
Films by trailblazing female filmmakers make up Festival Street’s nightly screening schedule, including Amy Heckerling’s romantic comedy Look Who’s Talking; Lone Scherfig’s charming coming-of-age tale An Education, which played TIFF 2009; Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood adaptation of a Jane Austin classic, Bride and Prejudice and Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It, with a very special onstage introduction by Ellen Page.
Screenings will be preceded by excerpts from !Toronto, a non-linear and generative exploration of Toronto on film by Dave Kemp, in collaboration with Alexandra Anderson. The project overlays film scenes shot in Toronto onto a map, questioning what the representations of Toronto mean within the discourse of Canadian cinema and identity.
OLG Dream Deck
Festival Street reaches new heights with the OLG Dream Deck, located on the rooftop of TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The space will feature intimate conversations, as well as panels with key filmmakers and creators who are making waves in the industry right now. Several notable guests will be in attendance throughout the event. Director, writer, producer, and actor Amy Jo Johnson will give a behind-the-scenes look at her dynamic career — from Pink Power Ranger to director of TIFF ’19 Official Selection Tammy’s Always Dying. Internationally renowned talent Gael García Bernal will discuss his work and his approach to roles, both in front of and behind the camera. Composing trio Blitz//Berlin will discuss how they bring images to life through their unique sound.
The Australian Dream director Daniel Gordon will shine a light on sports hero and Indigenous-rights activist Adam Goodes. Endings, Beginnings filmmaker Drake Doremus and lead actor Shailene Woodley will talk about the art of collaboration.
Audiences can tune in to nightly musical performances on the Slaight Music Stage, featuring singer-songwriter Sam Drysdale, singer Kayla Diamond, award-winning singer-songwriter Tomi Swick, and Toronto ensemble Long Branch. Audiences are in for a treat with a special performances on Thursday, September 5 by Six Nations/Kahnawake band Attic Ramblers. And on Sunday, September 8, Andrée Levesque Sioui will take the stage, accompanied by Acadian pianist Rachel Aucoin.
Who is it for?
Most of the events are free.
Tickets required for some events.
Tickets for the OLG Dream Deck are free. They can be redeemed as of August 31 for Members, and September 2 for the public, available while quantities last.
How to get tickets?
Phone: 416.599.TIFF / 1.888.599.8433 (toll-free)
At the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Festival Box Office & TIFF Members’ Box Office – Metro Centre and Venue Box Offices.
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 8, 2019. – Schedule
Venue & Address :
King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue, Toronto
TIFF – 350 King Street W., Toronto and other venues, downtown.
Festival Street will result in the full closure of King Street West to traffic between Peter Street and University Avenue from 5 a.m. on Thursday, September 5 until 5 a.m. on Monday, September 9. The following streets will also be fully closed during the time:
• John Street between King Street West and Wellington Street West,
• Ed Mirvish Way between King Street West and Pearl Street, and
• Simcoe Street between Wellington Street West and Pearl Street.
Eastbound lanes on King Street West between Spadina Avenue and Peter Street will be closed, and westbound lanes on King Street West between York Street and University Avenue will be closed.
The road closure will also result in service adjustments to the 504A King and 504B King, 508 Lake Shore (service starting September 3) and 304 King (night) streetcar services. – Details